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Are there any Steely Dan fans out there?

Asked by SadieMartinPaul (8997points) February 19th, 2013

Steely Dan was always polarizing; either you loved the music or hated it.

I’m in the camp of love. After all these years, I remain a loyal fan. I just ran a few errands, and I had the “Royal Scam” CD blasting in my car. The songs are still playing inside my head.

Is there anyone out there who’d like to discuss the meanings of “Kid Charlemagne,” “My Old School,” or any other cryptic classic? Would you like to reminisce about the value of a “Haitian Divorce”?

Thank you,

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filmfann's avatar

Is there any mystery about what those songs are about? I love SD. Their live version of Bodhisattva has ruined more than one pair of my speakers.

rebbel's avatar

Yup, a fan.
Have (probably) all their records (most of them on vinyl).
I play them every now and then, but I really can’t tell you anything about the lyrics meanings.
First off, I believe their lyrics are known to be cryptic, and second, although I do speak English I think it is not good enough to encrypt Steely Dan’s texts.

Coloma's avatar

50/50 here. I do love some of their old stuff, takes me back to my freshman year in H.S. obviously, many moons ago now lol but all in all, I wouldn’t call myself a diehard fan.

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

@filmfann Some mystery. Quite a few fans believe that “My Old School” is about the College of William and Mary, and that Annandale is the neighborhood in northern Virginia.

Brian1946's avatar

I’m a fan. I really liked their fusion of jazz, rock, and pop, as opposed to a lot of the mainstream music circa 40 years ago.

I love a lot of the songs on Countdown to Ecstasy, especially Boston Rag, My Old School, Show Biz Kids, and Bodhisattva.

Another one of my favorite SD tunes is Barrytown.

I also appreciate their contribution to the Doobie Brothers and national defense. ;-)

rebbel's avatar

@SadieMartinPaul Maybe you already know this, but in case you don’t: there is this website, songmeanings.

Adagio's avatar

I first came across them early-mid-seventies, Pretzel Logic, loved the album.

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

@Brian1946 You probably already know this, but Michael McDonald sang on “Katy Lied,” “The Royal Scam,” “Aja,” and “Gaucho.”

bookish1's avatar

Yes, but do you knowwwww where their name came from?

Coloma's avatar

Same with the Grateful dead, you either loved ‘em or hated them. I love the old G.D. tunes.

Pachy's avatar

Me! Me! Two of my faves are “Third World Man” and “Peg,” along with everything on the Aja album. Their stuff sounds as fresh as it first did in the ‘70s when I first discovered them.

marinelife's avatar

I always loved Steely Dan. It was very weird seeing them live though, because their sound was always so big, it was weird to think it was only two guys.

wundayatta's avatar

I have enjoyed their music. I don’t go apeshit over them, though. Not that I go apeshit over any musician.

deni's avatar

Steely Dan is okay, I haven’t gotten into them much but it’s funny, my brother just recently sent me a text that said “We need to talk about Steely Dan”....we both have a serious Hall & Oates obsession and I assume what he meant is he has now moved onto Steely Dan….but we haven’t spoken yet so I’m not sure.

woodcutter's avatar

It’s good music. I really liked “aja”.

zensky's avatar

Loved ‘em.

bookish1's avatar

…their name came from the name of a renowned series of dildos, in William Burroughs’ 1959 work Naked Lunch.

Hyperbolically Not Safe For Work.

bkcunningham's avatar

@SadieMartinPaul, have you read this article?

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